SCA Tornado Relief Efforts Bolstered by Employee Donation Matches American Red Cross and Feeding America receive more than $125,000 in aid
PHILADELPHIA — SCA is continuing its ardent support of tornado relief efforts in the southeast United States with employee-matched cash donations and hygiene products to The American Red Cross and Feeding America totaling more than $125,000.
After an initial donation of $25,000 to the American Red Cross in the days directly following the April catastrophe, SCA matched all employee donations dollar-for-dollar. Even after this immediate call to action, SCA employees from across the U.S. continued to send contributions.
"Our employees expressed interest in providing support for those who were affected, and our matching gift program helped to address that desire," said Don Lewis, president, SCA Tissue North America. "It’s also meaningful to put our Tork products to work to support the disaster relief.”
SCA also donated an assortment of Tork® products to the American Red Cross to assist in local recovery efforts. Gifted items included towels, wipers, bath tissue, as well as TENA® adult absorbent products for use at shelters set up across impacted areas. The shelters provided overnight facilities and meals to thousands affected by the tornado.
SCA also donated nearly $65,000 in hand soap and dispenser refills to Feeding America for assistance with its relief efforts.
Barton, Alabama, a town located near affected areas, houses an SCA manufacturing facility which employs nearly 500. Many of those employees volunteered to help severely damaged areas following the storm.
“This is our community, and we felt it was our duty to give back and volunteer our time and efforts to help with the recovery,” said Marty Ferguson, director of the SCA Barton, Alabama mill.
SCA responded similarly to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill disaster in 2010. The company donated $200,000 worth of Tork wiper products to Gifts In Kind International to help in cleanup efforts.
“We have an unwavering commitment to serving the communities in which we operate,” Lewis said. “Our tornado relief efforts continue our tradition of giving.”
SCA in North America
SCA’s North American tissue division is one of the three largest producers of away-from-home tissue products in North America, supplying paper napkins, tissues, towels, specialty wipers, dispensers and soap used in commercial settings such as restaurants, office buildings, schools and healthcare facilities. Tork® products are made from 100-percent recycled content. SCA recycles more than 750,000 tons of paper a year; on average, more than 60 percent of those tons are post-consumer waste. The first American papermaker to earn EcoLogo™ certification, SCA also has earned Green Seal™ certification on many of its products. The company has more than 2,200 employees in the United States and Canada. More information is available at www.torkusa.com.
About Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA:
SCA, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal-care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in some 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, including the global brands TENA® and Tork®. Sales in 2010 were $15 billion. SCA has approximately 45,000 employees. More information is available at www.sca.com.